May 15th, 2015 Blog Admin
If you’re a mom or someone who’s lost a lot of unwanted weight, then you should be able to feel proud of your accomplishments. Unfortunately, changes in the body can compromise self-esteem, and sometimes make it difficult to feel great about yourself. The stomach is often the most pressing concern for women and men who have sagging skin and “problem areas” of stubborn fat. While diet and exercise can improve some of these issues, sometimes natural methods just aren’t enough to get the desired look. In these cases, tummy tuck surgery might be a good option. However, the procedure is not right for everyone. Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of this popular surgery. Read the rest of this entry »
April 17th, 2015 Blog Admin
The media inundate us with images of the “perfect” body. While it is widely known that the use of Photoshop runs rampant in the entertainment and advertising industry, many people subconsciously take these unrealistic beauty standards seriously, and try to emulate the images they see. While getting fit and feeling better about oneself are great goals, there are also disastrously negative sides to trying to look like the models and celebrities in advertising. Some beauty trends are downright unhealthy, such as the “thigh gap.” But how can you achieve a beautiful, healthy thigh contour, without slipping into dangerous fads?
What Is the Thigh Gap?
The thigh gap describes a possible contour of the thigh, which when the legs and knees are closed, there is a noticeable space between the two thighs. It is often seen in ultra-slim runway models, and it is an appearance many young women strive to achieve. However, most women’s bodies are not structurally designed to ever have such a gap, and many go to unhealthy lengths to try to achieve the thigh gap. While this contour is not unhealthy in and of itself, it is unhealthy when extreme skinniness is a way to achieve the look. It is often associated with dangerous eating disorders. Fortunately, there has been a cultural movement to banish the idolization of the thigh gap, and it seems to be working, as more negative attention is focused on the issue. Read the rest of this entry »
March 20th, 2015 Blog Admin
Lasers have come a long way in the last few years. Today they are used extensively in many different fields, including plastic surgery. While in the past, laser treatments were limited to procedures such as skin resurfacing, a number of different treatments now exist that use lasers as the foundation. Today, lasers help surgeons and patients achieve amazing results ranging from skin resurfacing to tattoo removal, to even fat reduction. Let’s take a look at some of the ways lasers can improve the body’s aesthetics and help patients achieve their goals.
Classic Laser Treatments: Skin Resurfacing
Various types of laser resurfacing treatments are available today, ranging from the invasive and highly effective carbon dioxide lasers to gentler treatments that offer subtle skin refreshing and anti-aging results. Laser resurfacing works by heating the deep layers of skin to carefully destroy damaged cells and encourage the formation of new skin and collagen. Collagen is the component in skin that lends firmness, elasticity, and youth, but decreases production with age. Read the rest of this entry »
February 20th, 2015 Blog Admin
There are many ways in which we subconsciously judge other people upon meeting them.
It isn’t fair, but appearance gives subtle cues and insights that influence our initial impressions of strangers.
While we can control some aspects of our appearance easily, such as clothing choices, and hairstyles, there are also surprising aspects of aging that can negatively impact first impressions, including facial expression.
As we age, we begin to lose collagen in the skin, an essential component in skin structure. Loss of collagen makes the skin thinner and less elastic, making it begin to sag and wrinkle.
These wrinkles can do more than make us look older—they can also create unwanted facial expressions like anger, disinterest, and fatigue when the face is at rest. Read the rest of this entry »
January 23rd, 2015 Blog Admin
As with other areas of the body, the aesthetics of the breasts are affected by a number of factors, including age, lifestyle, past pregnancies, and genetics. While many women have naturally small breasts, this does not mean that the effects of aging will not become apparent as time goes on, particularly after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are not happy with your breasts’ size and appearance, then you may be considering plastic surgery to improve the aesthetics of the area. However, there are two popular procedures that can help with this, depending on the circumstances: breast lift and breast augmentation. But which surgery is best for you? Let’s take a look at both the options.
About Breast Lifts
A breast lift is a procedure to help counter the effects of gravity and childbearing that occur as a woman ages. Loss of skin elasticity and other factors cause sagging, stretched out breasts over time, and many women do not like the way these changes affect the overall shape of their bodies. Drooping breasts are lifted for a more youthful contour with breast lift, also known as mastoplexy. Mastoplexy is performed by removing and tightening excess skin, and reshaping the tissue underneath. Stretched areolas (the area around the nipple) can also be addressed with this procedure. The breast lift is usually favored by women who are happy with their breast size, but want to rejuvenate and lift the area. Read the rest of this entry »